Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire (West Yorkshire for Innovation) [Coordinator] Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire incorporating West Yorkshire for Innovation (WyFi).  WyFi, coordinators of Unity, is a research team of police officers and police support staff who identify and capture innovation in policing with the aim of bringing research to operational reality to improve policing practice to keep communities safe and feeling safer. WyFi has experience of working with international consortiums consisting of law enforcement agencies, academics and private industry the team interact at a local, national and international level collaborating to tackle new and emerging crime trends utilising advancing technology and sharing best practice. As well as coordinating the project, WyFi will use their end-user experience to deliver one of the pilot testing events as well as contributing to the communication, dissemination, and training activities.

Serco Ltd serco-logo

Serco is a worldwide provider specialised in the management and operation of infrastructure and essential services for the public and private sectors. Serco will lead WP4 – the community policing delivery framework – supporting the delivery of a concept of operations. Serco will also contribute to the Unity integration framework and lead the exploitation strategy.

Erasmus University Rotterdamcesam-logo

The Centre of Excellence for Public Safety Management (CESAM) at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a research team which aims to investigate the role of emerging technologies in the management of public safety and the organizational and inter-organizational practices required to support public safety. CESAM’s has an interdisciplinary team which integrates approaches from management sciences, organizational behavior, psychology, organizational communication and information systems, criminology, and linguistics. CESAM’s goal is to achieve a clear and direct impact for academia, and public and private sector organizations, in the field of public safety. Within Unity, CESAM leads WP3 on Policing and Community requirements and Best/effective practices as well as making significant contributions to the test beds and piloting exercises.

Police University College of Finland (Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu)

finnish-police-logoThe Police University College of Finland (PUCF), located in Tampere, maintains and improves the skills and knowledge base of the Finnish Police. Under the direction of the Ministry of the Interior, PUCF is the only institute in Finland responsible for police training, recruitment, student selection, and education and further training. PUCF has extensive European contacts through the European Police Research Institute Collaboration (EPIC), European Police College (CEPOL), and Nordic Police Research Network. PUCF will lead the piloting and test beds within Unity.

Sheffield Hallam University (CENTRIC) centric-logo

CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research) at Sheffield Hallam University is a multi-disciplinary and end-user centred research body that aims to develop the intersection between four key stakeholders in the security domain: Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s), Industry and Academia. CENTRIC has links with local, national and international LEAs and security specialist groups and collaborates with a number of law enforcement agencies and leading technology providers. CENTRIC will make key contributions across the entire Unity project.

University of Dundee dundee-logo

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is hosted at the University of Dundee. SIPR is a strategic collaboration between twelve of Scotland’s universities and Police Scotland, that conducts relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland. SIPR is an interdisciplinary institute which brings together researchers around three broad thematic areas: Police-Community Relations; Evidence & Investigation; and Police Organization. SIPR promotes a collaborative approach to research that involves academics and practitioners working together in the creation, sharing and application of knowledge about policing. Within Unity SIPR is responsible for leading research into the legal and ethical issues surrounding community policing and the Unity project.

Edinburgh Napier University napier-logo

Edinburgh Napier University is also a member of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research with a track record of collaborating with both industry and academic on research that has a social and economic impact at local, national and international level. Napier will support the research into the legal, social and ethical issues surrounding community policing in WP2.

European Institute Foundation (Bulgaria) european-institute-logo

The European Institute (EI) is a non profit organisation and one of the leading independent policy centres for matters related to European integration. EI has developed a comprehensive network of external experts in key areas such as European Regional and Social policies, Justice and Home Affairs, Migration policy, Agriculture and Development policy. EI has gained considerable project related experience in topics dealing with law enforcement and migration including the harmonization and implementation of the legislation in the areas of migration, border control and police cooperation,  and the creation of effective policies and strategies in the area of crime prevention, based on best practices from other Member States. Within Unity the EI will participate in identifying community policing’s requirements and current gaps from both the police and citizen’s perspectives.

FHVR Fachbereich Polizei (University of Applied Sciences: Public Administration and Administration of Justice in Bavaria – Study Department Police) bayfhvr-logo

The Study Department Police trains students for the career of the professional and executive level of the Police Enforcement Service on both law and police management topics. FHVR has a strong connection with the Ministry of Interior and the police in Bavaria. FHVR has experience of being involved in a number of European projects and will lead the dissemination and exploitation activities within Unity as well as providing support  on the analysis of the social, cultural, legal, and ethical dimensions in community policing and community policing research.

Rinicom rinicom-logo

Rinicom is a leading edge technology company based in Lancaster, UK. Rinicom has many years experience in working on EU funded projects. Within Unity, Rinicom will lead the development of the technology toolkit including both a mobile app and online portal for both citizens and LEAs.

Treelogic Treelogic

Treelogic is a R&D SME in Information and Communication Technologies. Treelogic is highly specialized in intelligent data processing. Big Data, Data Analytics, Computer Vision, Social Network Analysis, Visual Analytics and Semantics which are used in services and products such as Mobile Apps, Location-Based Services (LBS), Decision Support Systems (DSS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Treelogic provides solutions in several sectors like transport, healthcare, banking, insurance, and safety and security. Law enforcement, healthcare and emergency management are key sectors in the company’s product portfolio. Treelogic will provide Unity’s data driven analytics engine and lead the implementations of the Unity Instantiations across the different pilot sites.

Police College Croatia

The Police College is located in Zagreb and is responsible for police education in Croatia. The Police Academy conducts programs of basic police training, higher police education, professional development, vocational training and specialist training for the needs of the Ministry of the Interior. Police College Croatia will contribute as an end-user to the Unity project and will host the first pilot exercise scheduled for November 2015.



Belgian Federal Police

The Belgian Federal Police (BPo) aims to improve security, maintain and develop the democratic principle of the rule of law by carrying out police missions. It carries belgian-police-logoout specialized and supra-local preventive, public order and judicial police missions. The activities of the BPo are funded by the Federal Government. The BPo acts as an end-user within the Unity project and will contribute to the pilot and test beds and host one of Unity’s pilot exercises.

Estonian Police and Border Guard (Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet)

The Estonian Police and Border Guard is responsible for border security, public order, criminal policing and citizenship and estonia-policemigration with Estonia. The Estonian Police and Border Guard will contribute to the Unity project as an end-user and will host one of Unity’s piloting exercises designed to test the outputs delivered by Unity.




St Kliment University of OhridUniversity St Kliment Ohridski Bitola

University St Kliment is responsible for delivering police education as part of the higher education system in Macedonia. These activities include conducting research into the areas of policing and security. St Kliment have experience of participating in previous EU funded projects and within Unity they will make a significant contribution to the development and implementation of the test beds and pilots exercises.





Advisory Board


Lauri Stevens

Lauri Stevens is the principal consultant and founder of LAwS Communications. Lauri is also the creator and producer of the SMILE Conference and the creator of the award winning ConnectedCOPS blog. She is an interactive media professional with over 25 years of media experience, including 12 years in higher education as a Department Chair of Interactive Media. She is most well known for having worked with the Toronto Police Department in 2010 in the development of service-wide social media strategy integrating every operational unit. Lauri is passionate about the Internet, the web, social media and helping Law Enforcement leverage these technologies to connect with their communities. She holds an MBA in eBLauri Stevensuisness from Bentley University, an MS in Mass Communication/Communication Technology from Boston University, and a BA in Political Science from Clemson University.








Professor Clive Walker 

Professor Clive Walker, LLB, Ph.D, LL.D, QC (Hon), is the professor emeritus of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. He has served as the founding director of its Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and as head of the School of Law in Leeds, as well as being a visiting professor abroad, such as at George Washington University, Stanford University and the Unversity of New South Wales. In addition to policing, media law and human rights, the key aspects of his research work relate to terrorism legislation and counter-terrorism policies and laws. He has undertaken work for many parlimentary committees and currently is engaged by the Home Office as the Senior Special Advisor to the United Kingdom Independent Reviewer on Terrorism Legislation. For his work in this field, he received an LL.D degree (Manchester) in 2015 and the title of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa in 2016. His extensive publications on terrorism and emergency law issues, include leading books such as The Civil Contingencies Act 2004; Risk, Resilience and the Law in the United Kingdom (Oxford University Press, 2006); Terrorism and the Law  (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Anti-Terrorism Legislation, (3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 2014), and the Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism (Routledge, 2015).


Francesca Bosco

Francesca Bosco is the current Program Officer at the Emerging Crimes Unit, UNICRI, she is also a member of the Advisory Group of the EC3, Europol. Francesca is the founder and a member of the executive commitee of the Tech & Law Centre. She is also a Fellow of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University ViaFrancesca Boscodrina. Francesca earnt a law degree in International Law and joined UNICRI in 2006 as a member of the Emerging Crimes Unit. She is responsible for capacity building and technical assistance projects in the field of crime prevention and human rights protection. Francesca has collobrated in various different Cyber Crime related projects such as the Hackers Profiling Project (HPP), SCADA Security and Multi-level training program for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and security professionals, lawyers, and law enforcement agencies. She has participated as speaker in various conferences and training seminars on the topic of cybercrime, cybersecurity and related issues.








Professor Monique Marks

Professor Monique Marks currently heads up the newly established Urban Futures Centre at the Durban University of Technology. Initially trained as a social worker, she has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Natal, and writes predominantly in the field of criminology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, poice labour relations, police organisational change and street level drug use. She has published five books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africe, Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa: and Police Occupaional Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh and Megan O’Neil). She has also published over 47 peer reviewd articles and numerous reports. She sits on a number of journal editorial board as well as the Board of Trustees of the Safer South Africa Foundation. Her reseach is mostly ethnographic and takes place in spaces that are considered compromising or unsafe. She is also the founder of the KwaZulu-Natal Harm Reduction Advocacy Group.


Richie AdamsRichie Adams

Richie currently leads Police Scotland’s Policing Values and Professional Ethics Unit.  In this role he has written Police Scotland’s Code of Ethics and leads on cultural work across the Service. Richie completed a doctorate in policing in 2012, his thesis examined values based decision making within policing.  He is regularly invited to speak on values based leadership at the College of Policing and has spoken on this subject at a number of police services in the UK.  He has trained officers and given seminars on values based policing in Malawi and the United States, where he completed a Fulbright research Fellowship in 2014.






Dr Rupali Jeswal

Dr Rupali Jeswal is involved in Counterterrorism & Intelligence Analysis. In her field experience she uses applied psychology and behavior science regarding nature, prediction and counter measures for conflicts, terrorism, violent attack cycles, attack profiles, political violence and adversaries’ operational mindset. Her research work and trainings are evidence-based and intelligence-supported, made possible due to her strong support network of associates from all over the globe. In Romania, at Vest Timisoara University (UVT), she is a visiting researcher & lecturer, and recently was given the privilege to design her own course in Security & CT studies embedded in the Masters program, which she will conduct after September 2017. Being a fellow of Romania Prison Studies Center (CRSP), she trains law enforcement agents (including Corrections), anti-organised crime units, special units and Counter Terrorism Units in Europe. Between mid 2015 and early 2016 under Romania Ministry of Justice, CRSP & UVT she has conducted needs assessment and then provided sequences of certified trainings to Prison, Police, anti-organised crime units and Intelligence officers from the Balkan States. She is also one of the main architects of their EU Commission research Project R2PRIS (ERASMUS), which is on radicalisation and counter radicalisation in prisons. Dr. Jeswal has a special relation with Japan and continuously assists UNAFEI (United Nations Asia & Far East Institute For the Prevention of Crime & Treatment of Offenders). Dr. Jeswal has authored several articles, which are published sporadically on matters regarding warfare (NATO), homeland security, policing, prisons, insurgency, radicalisation, urban terrorism, conflicts & communities (trauma & mental health), She is a professional mixed-media artist using her work to assist various charities with financial support, who are dedicated to serving the victims of human trafficking, tribal minorities, natural & man-made disasters, AIDS & orphanages.




Brendan O’Brien

Brendan’s achievements as a Greater Manchester Police Neighbourhood (Community) Inspector have been described as inspirational by local community leaders and senior Government Ministers. Now retired, Brendan continues to pursue his interests around enabling and building stronger communities that are more resistant to crime and disorder. He is currently supporting a number of police forces and councils as they shift their culture from, ‘Public Servants’ to, ‘Citizen Enablers.’ One of the pilots Brendan is supporting was described recently by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as ‘promising’ in respect of its ability to problem solve alongside communities and to reduce demand.


Tim Curtis 

Tim Curtis is an internationally renowned author on social innovation & entrepreneurship, whose career has been to help people and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. He is also adept at getting decisions made when he is not in charge. He has worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law and in community development, for governments, major companies and community associations. Now, working at the University of Northampton, his focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. He has taught Entrepreneurship, International Development and Social & Community Development students how to make decisions in and with communities, but also coaches and undertakes paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations. Tim is also Changemaker Campus leader at the University of Northampton, now a major institutional strategy and has lead on high profile co-curriculum challenges, summer schools and international conferences on social innovation. He is has also been undertaking PhD level action research on community based social innovation in community policing.